I want to get my master’s degree in IT at an online school? What school and/or program, do you suggest?

Question by k_mac73: I want to get my master’s degree in IT at an online school? What school and/or program, do you suggest?
Hi…I have a B.A. in Psychology that I attained from Oral Roberts University in 2003. I have been working in the field of social services for the last 6 years. I do not want to further my education in anything related to social services (i.e. counseling, therapist, etc). I would like to pursue a Master’s in something under the umbrella of IT. I also am looking to go online for school as I work full time and I just don’t want to have to go to a traditional school if I don’t have to. I have done a semester online at ITT Tech a couple of years ago and enjoyed the online experience. I was working on an Associate’s in Computer Forensics. I actually am highly fascinated with this field so I would like to pursue it at the graduate level.

In the master’s arena, it is not usually called Computer Forensics however. I also am interested in learning how to program different applications on the computer. What program would encompass computer security AND computer programming (software engineering)?

I have been debating between a few online colleges: (1)Kaplan (which has a Master of Science in Information Technology with a concentration in Information Security and Assurance). (2)University of Phoenix has a Master of Information Systems. This one is kind of broad but does have courses in information security and computer programming. (3) Virginia College has a Master of Science in Cybersecurity. This one is very specific and no computer programming courses. (4) Keller Graduate School of Management has a Master of Information Systems Management with a concentration in Information Security. Lastly, (5) AIU has a Master of Information Technology with a concentration in Internet security. Now, these are just the colleges that I have researched and I have spoken with the academic advisors and am considering attending (I’ve actually researched a few more but for whatever reason, I eliminated them).

Out of the 5 online schools that I mentioned, are there any that you would personally not consider and why?? I have heard good stories and I have heard horror stories. All 5 of the schools I mentioned are accredited. Can you offer any other colleges or programs for that matter that may be a better fit that I can look into based off of the information that I have given you about myself??

I know I’ve written a lot of information. I just feel like the academic advisors at these specific schools are biased and I would love an unbiased point of view Also, let me add this one last thing as a sidenote, I used to work with therapists as the case worker for sexually abused children. Our agency worked alongside the police department, sheriff’s department, district attorney’s office, etc., etc. This is when I really became involved in computer forensics, because I would love to know how to go into a suspect’s computer and recover lost data that they think they erased (i.e. a pedophile with child pornography) and that is what the degree should provide for me. And as I said earlier, I would also like to know how to actually program applications or software on the computer that can be used in that field or even in other unrelated fields. Please help…I am trying to make a decision by the end of the year with hopes of starting school in early 2010. I know I’ve said a lot and have written a book but this is actually the narrowed down version since I first started this process….

Thank you for your input…”

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Answer by PE2008
All of the schools you mention are worthless. Their degrees are worthless. You will be laughed-at if you try to get a job with one of these degrees.

It’s hard to advise you. You clearly are romantically involved with this bogus concept of “cyber IT” and you’re not going to be talked out of it.

If you were to do it right, you would get a flexible Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering Technology.

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I am relocating and want to sell my house……?

Question by Forza Juve: I am relocating and want to sell my house……?
I might have an opportunity to move to Virginia for a job, but my wife and I are worried about selling our home here in desolate Michigan. This state is horrible and is going down the drain rapidly. We dont want to lose our butts, or ruin her credit (because its under name, because I am a Canadian waiting for my green card) by doing foreclosure or short sale. We are freaking out because we have had no action on our house. Anyone have suggestions or want to buy a great affordable first home?????

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Answer by Skinny
Buy a new car buy the new house in Virginia get everything you need credit wise and do the short sale…it sucks but you have no choice it seems.

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address change and i want to get my car insurance and license in Virginia?

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I am changing my address from NYC to Virginia and i want to get my license over there. How long do i have to wait until the address change takes effect and if i send a bank letter from my bank to my new address would that be a valid proof of address? I have a New York State Permit, but i want to get the ensurance and Plates from virginia.

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Answer by Andrew
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I am driving from Florida to western NY, I dont want to go through the West Virginia Mountains?

Question by dmb91100: I am driving from Florida to western NY, I dont want to go through the West Virginia Mountains?
I have a moving truck with vehicle trailer, and a car following behind, if they are projecting slick roads in west virginia when I make the trip in january, I want a good route that will bypass the mountains without getting too far out of the way.

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Answer by ollieliver108
95 is pretty straightforward…I dont know how the traffic is though.

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What are some good colleges in Virginia if I want to Major in music?

Question by Victoria: What are some good colleges in Virginia if I want to Major in music?
I am planning on Majoring in Music or something in the area of Music Composition so what colleges would be good for that in Virginia?

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Answer by Jeremy
VCU has a good music school.

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What Virginia colleges do job offers want to see?

Question by babyi’melectricc.: What Virginia colleges do job offers want to see?
I’m just thinking ahead. I’m only a freshman in high school, but I want to go to a really good college. When I complete college and try to get a job, which Virginia colleges would someone “Wow” about?

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Answer by Bayern Fan
Hey Stephanie, I think I can help you out with this. I actually went to college in Washington, DC, but I live in Virginia and am very familiar with the higher ed system there.

The thing with Virginia is it has a lot of very good colleges, so I’ll try to break it down for you.

As far as wow factor, the University of Virginia is always going to be the best. UVA is one of the top 3 public universities in the U.S. and one of the best schools in general. As far as the top 3 state schools, UVA is up there with the University of Michigan and Cal-Berkeley.

I would say the best school for your money is William and Mary College in Williamsburg. It is also one of the better public schools in America and is the second best in Virginia. Plus, as an added bonus, most people think W&M is a private school because of the name. Doesn’t hurt, thats for sure. Also, tuition rates for the quality of education you receive there are very reasonable.

Other good colleges include:

Virginia Tech is heavy on the technical aspects, but a good, solid education overall. Additionally, it has good name recognition with employers.

James Madison in Harrisonburg, ranked number 2 in regional universities in the South.

The University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg; its also a very competitve school, but is much smaller than the previously listed and gives you the small, private college feel, even though it is public.

For liberal arts colleges, Washington and Lee University is also a very competitive and well respected small college.

Also, I’m going to list University of Richmond, also a competitve liberal arts college with a really beatiful campus.

Lastly, I’ll throw in George Mason University, up here in Northern VA, it’s not the best school, but it is up-and-coming and is quite strong in certain programs.

Although it could be debated, the order that I listed the universities in is the order of how well they are respected, as on resumes. UVA and William and Mary are easily the best and will always help you career wise, but the other schools are good as well, in addition to a few more VA schools that I did not list. Remember, chose on the overall package, not just what the rankings say. Atleast you’ll have plenty of time to do your research since you’re a freshman. Good luck!

I hope I was able to help you out!

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